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Dec 24, 2017 - Kryal Castle and across to Melbourne

Another cool day as we set off to look at the imposing Arch of Victory and its 22 km of trees planted to honour the fallen. It was next door to a large lake in the town which houses the rowing for the 1956 Olympic Games. Lovely parks surrounding the lake. We then headed out of town towards Melbourne to Kryal Castle - a 1970's medieval 'theme park' on the edge of town. Had a lovely day there looking at the torture chamber, knights and horses. The boys enjoyed the archery and 'hitting each other over the head'! Mum and Dad gave up on the maze...

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Dec 22, 2017 - The Surprise

As everybody knows, apart from Leigh, I had arranged for Paul, Alex, Phoebe, Rachel and Harry to join us in Australia for Christmas. Wade and Patsy went to fetch them from the airport pretending to go and pick up some arrivals for Keli's travel company. Leigh and I stayed at home. Whilst I watched my phone for updates on their arrival Leigh was planning for an early night - no chance! They all arrived safe and sound at about 2200hrs. The kids all got together in one of the rooms and we called Leigh in - I think she went into shock when she...

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Dec 7, 2017 - Day 11 - Melbourne

Rest day. Went to change the rear tire early in the morning to the place I found on internet, where have ordered one Metzler Enduro 2. Had to drive 40 minutes through the infinitely spread Melbourne suburbs. Once more appreciating living in Perth: within 20 minutes would have reached any place! Back in the hotel we check out and left all luggages at the reception and we went on top of the Eureka tower, to enjoy the view of Melbourne from the highest building. Then we had a walk on the South Bank and a quick snack. Back in the hotel we...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Day 10 - Tallangatta to Melbourne

Curves, curves and more curves. Finally sunshine at wake up and so we left quickly not to waste such beauty, missed badly in the last days. We left Tallangatta and it’s beautiful lake, following a nice green valley full of paddocks and farm. The air was really fresh and despite the layers underneath the jacket, was still feeling the cold touch. We reached Mount Beauty to refill and we stop for some warm cappuccino to help warming up; by then was 14 degrees. I planned to go through Falls Creek and down to Omeo, but engaged n the...

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Nov 17, 2017 - Melbourne

Melbourne has been rated “the world’s most livable city”. It is a busy city of 3.5 million people most of whom seemed to be downtown while we were there exploring the city. We had a guided tour with a Melbourne greeter. This is a free service offered by the city. The city is another example of mixing the old heritage buildings with modern glass and steel architecture. We started in Federation Square which is a “new area” of steel fronted buildings right in the center of the city which was created by covering a huge area of train tracks. It...

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Nov 2, 2017 - So it Starts - Paddy & Leigh's Escape Down Under

Hi everyone. This is the first blog entry of our great trip just to send out the link to everyone who wants to follow what we are up to and stay in touch whilst we are away. Flying out on Monday 6th November to Melbourne. Will do the first blog when we get there and pick up the motor home. Paddy & Leigh

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Oct 27, 2017 - Off to China

After a sleepless night, we boarded China Southern Airlines heading to Shenzhen, our first stop on China soil. Had about 4 hours there, sitting in an open area under 'guard', before we were walked through to then board the internal flight to Beijing. We arrived about 11.45pm, and the group gathered with Amy and Lily, our Guides. Went to the bus, then had to sit and wait for the Sydney flight to arrive with the rest of our Group. Finally made it to the Hotel about 2am. Dee and Ella have a beautiful Suite, we have what Pete refers to as the...

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Oct 24, 2017 - All packed and ready to go

Mum and I are all packed and ready to make our way to Melbourne. Just on our way to the airport - look out Victoria you are not going to know what hit you with the three of us let loose together. Keep an eye out on the news reports bahaha. Feel free to join us on our journey and learn of the mischief we are getting ourselves into. We are going to have loads of fun and make some fantastic memories. Catch you all on the flip side.............

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Oct 11, 2017 - Los Angeles to Melbourne

Not really a day, because we crossed the International Date Line overnight, but it felt like a full day. We landed safely in Melbourne on time after a smooth & uneventful flight from LA. I slept a bit & watched the movie The Viceroy's House which I found very interesting. It's about Mountbatten's stint as last Viceroy of India & the turmoil caused by Britain's withdrawal which led to the division of India & Pakistan. Events that happened in my lifetime but I was too young to be aware of what was going on. I've now got a couple of hours...

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Sep 30, 2017 - Tasmania Trip 2017

Today was all about making sure we can find our way to the port. So did a run this morning in our own cars, only one wrong turn,and that was easily fixed. However the boys felt they needed another run, Ann and I were not needed this time, they went in one car, no mistakes this time, no it wasn't because us girls weren't there. We will need to be at the port 6.30am, daylight saving time, which is really 5.30am. The boys have the vans hooked up to the cars etc, only have to unplug the electric cord in the morning and go. We can't take any...

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Tasmania Trip 2017

Sep 29, 2017 - Tasmania Trip 2017

Well we started off early again today, leaving 7.30am, a little apprehensive as we are heading for Melbourne, and will be relying on the navigator to get us around Melbourne and to the caravan park. You will probably be relieved to know all went well. After Shepparton it was double highway all the way to Melbourne, and the navigator got us to the park. It helped that it was a public holiday here today, and even when we went through shopping areas the shops were closed. We have been spoiled all the way down with drive through sites at all...

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Tasmania Trip 2017

Sep 13, 2017 - Saw penguins!

Saw the penguins last night! Natural penguins, not in captivity! Some babies came out of their little den too. Took my roommates out for some beer last night. Strangely enough, walking down one of the busiest streets in Melbourne... not a single bar. I've been told by a few locals, to wonder down random alleys. The best, smallest little places will be off the beaten path. So I took a random street that didn't look to have any promise and bam! Cute little bar stuck between 2 building. Had a blast... I laugh cause it was kinda like the start...

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